RESIDENTS dressed up in their favourite superhero costumes in Bicester’s Garth Park for a free activity day.

The Launton Road park open its gates at 11am today for the first ever Bicester Superhero Activity Day.

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Sponsored by Bicester Village, there were free rides and activities for heroes of all ages.

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These included zorbing, football darts, drumming workshops, inflatables, Punch and Judy, a miniature farm, face painting, live music and a children’s entertainer.

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There were also community stalls, food, ice cream, and people brought their own picnics.

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Organised by Bicester Town Council as part of its summer events programme, the new Superhero Day replaced the annual Teddy Bear’s Picnic event.

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Mayor Jason Slaymaker said: “We took the Marvel films as inspiration because everyone loves a superhero and we hoped the theme would appeal to a wider age group.

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“We felt the Teddy Bear’s Picnic had run its course - the age range of those attending was much broader.

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“The activity day is a really important event for the park and hopefully has something for everyone.

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" It’s very relaxed, low cost and all about young people having fun.”

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Mr Slaymaker handed out prizes for ‘amazing costumes’ during the event, which finished at 3pm.